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.Today is a big day for the regenerative medicine (RM) community in Ontario, Canada.

Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, just announced that the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) will receive a new $25 million commitment* (in addition to the $3.1 million committed in November 2014) to invest in translational research for degenerative diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, diabetes and vision loss. The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), the commercialization partner for OIRM, will continue to seek opportunities to develop and commercialize the research being supported through OIRM.

Here’s a helpful infographic on moving Canadian stem cell research through the clinical trials process to become an approved medicine. It also features eight trials, seven of which are being led by OIRM researchers. If you’d like to delve further into one of these trials, you can read about Dr. Michael Fehlings’ (University Health Network) efforts to test the safety of neural stem cells used to regenerate thoracic and cervical spinal cord injuries.


*$25 million over five years

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.